Telefónica APIs and NaaS (Network as a Service)

Reaching the full potential value of telecommunication networks such as 5G, WiFi6 or Edge Computing requires to progress telcos’ digital transformation into the next level and to extend softwarization into the connectivity services development process and how these connectivity services are integrated with other digital services. The cornerstone for this to happen is network APIs (Application Programming Interface).

Telefónica is firmly committed to this paradigm shift that has the potential to transform the entire internet.

NaaS, a paradigm shift

Telefónica is leading, together with other telcos, the deployment of a new generation of technology and capabilities: 5G, WiFi6, Edge Computing…

As part of this evolution, network APIs represent a change in the way network resources are consumed, so that network capabilities can be incorporated into applications (by the operators themselves or by third parties) in a programmatic way, favoring a much more agile environment for innovation and co-creation of services.

This paradigm shift is known as NaaS (Network as a Service) and aims to transform communication networks into platforms, revolutionizing the role that telcos play in the Internet ecosystem.

Telefónica is an innovator in this revolution, redefining the way it develops services, as well as its relationship with its customers and with the rest of the Internet ecosystem.

5G already considers APIs as a fundamental element and defines specific components (NEF, NWDAF, etc.) that facilitate interaction via APIs between Mobile Core and other digital services.

In fixed networks, Telefónica is being a pioneer in translating the concept of “network slicing” (applying it to client equipment, access and other fixed network elements) and in APIfying these capabilities.

Capabilities that bring value to the customer

Like any API, network APIs must meet several characteristics:

  • They drive the customer experience by adding value.
  • They are reliable, stable and secure.
  • They scale and are reusable by different use cases.
  • They are simple to use, well documented and standards based.

Telefónica has already advanced in the internal and business transformation that NaaS represents, thanks to successful initiatives such as Kernel (formerly known as Fourth Platform). This platform is based entirely on APIs and enables Telefónica’s digital services in production in several countries.

Telefónica works with customers and partners, leading the discussion to understand which capabilities bring true value to their applications, services and businesses. On the other hand, Telefónica has the support of standardization bodies and the GSMA, with initiatives such as Operator Platform Group or CAMARA where network APIs are being defined, developed and tested.

NaaS has the potential to transform telco technology and business

From developing and commercializing services in days or weeks, to enabling immersive Metaverse experiences, NaaS has the potential to transform telco technology and business, as well as the rest of the Internet ecosystem. Enabling a new future where services, applications and networks seamlessly interact with no limits.

Telefónica has firmly committed to NaaS and network APIs to ensure this future begins now.